Julien 'solidifying glass between benches' for Roy

Julien 'solidifying glass between benches' for Roy
October 10, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Bruins coach Claude Julien and Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy certainly aren’t strangers.

The Bruins bench boss was formerly the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens and that was one of many places where Julien was afforded the opportunity to befriend the Hall of Fame goaltender. Julien has been impressed with the job Roy has done in pushing the Avalanche to a perfect 3-0-0 record this season, and he’s also noticed the combustible style that saw him push down the glass partition between Roy and Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau in a fit of puck pique.

The glass nearly came crashing on Boudreau and some of the Ducks players, and Roy was slapped with a $10,000 fine by the NHL for his actions as a welcome to the league for the longtime QMJHL coach of the Quebec Remparts.

So Julien couldn’t resist cracking a joke when asked what he did with his time this week while enjoying four straight days without a game between Saturday’s win over the Wings and tonight’s home tilt vs. the Avalanche.

“I spent the last couple of [off] days solidifying the glass between the benches, so the down time gave me lots of time to do a lot of different things,” said Julien. “That’s the good part about having a few days off.”

On a more serious note the Bruins coach has been impressed with the job that Roy has done with a Colorado club coming to Boston looking to make a point.

“What I see is there are a lot of young players that are coming into their own as experienced players,” said Julien. “What I see is tremendous speed up front. They want to challenge you with their speed, and they’re making plays with their speed and experience level.

“When you’ve struggled for a while you get some first round picks that have turned into players that are going to be elite in this league.”

They’ve had the young talent for the last few years, but now it seems they have the exciting rookie coach ready to help them break back into NHL respectability as well.